Welcome to our new FEATURED ARTIST page.
Our current featured artist is studio member, Jennifer Lane.
Delivery of unframed work is free across Ireland, and also free on framed work in the Dublin City area.
We’ve asked Jenny Lane about her practice: choice of the medium, her subjects and the inspiration for her work, as well as her thoughts on the time of the lockdown.
Read the text in which she reflects on the above here:
Born in Dublin, Jennifer Lane studied at the Dun Laoghaire School of Art and Design in the early 1970s and joined Graphic Studio Dublin in 1975, although initially working in lithography, she is recognised today for her exceptional woodblocks.
Her first solo show was held in the Abbey Theatre in 1978; since then she has exhibited widely, in Ireland and internationally, including exhibitions in Ljubljana, Milwaukee, Beijing, Singapore, Yokohama, Brussels and Paris. She was commissioned by Graphic Studio Dublin to make work for the 2012 Sponsors Portfolio, to accompany writing by Thomas Kinsella.
Aidan Dunne wrote of Jenny Lane’s work thus: “Lane’s woodcuts are land – and townscapes. She exploits the natural grain of the wood in elemental images of land, trees and skies. Her compositions are spare, sharp and clear, like a frosty winter’s day.’
“In 1975 I became a member of the Graphic Studio and initially I worked in lithography for a couple of years, in which landscapes and images of dancers often figured.
However, partially as a result of visiting the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin, where I was fascinated by the work of Hiroshige Hokusai and others, I turned to woodblock printing – and reduction woodblock printing in particular, as that seemed to offer the best medium for the effects I was aiming to create. I have frequently exploited the grain of the wood in the images that I have made, as I find it evocative of the trees themselves.
Ireland, visually, has a striking lack of trees and, curiously, this may be one of the reasons that I found them so striking, even inspiring. A lone tree is so often the most impressive feature of an Irish landscape.
The life cycle of tree leaves returning to their roots in Autumn, to nourish the trees in future has made a deep impression on me, since childhood. For me, George Bernard Shaw’s view that: “Life is like a flame that is always burning itself out, but it catches fire again every time a child is born” closely echoes the vision expressed in a beautiful Chinese poem:
“Like a golden beacon signalling on a moonless night
Tao guides our passage through this transitory realm
In moments of darkness and pain remember all is cyclical
Sit quietly behind your wooden door:
Spring will come again”
Loy Ching-Yuen (1873-1960)”
Bellow photographs by Susan Early